Af The body uses food (i) for energy, (ii) for growth

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10 Food and diet - answers
1 The body uses food (i) for energy, (ii) for growth (making new cells), (iii) repairing or
replacing tissues.
2 Fats and carbohydrates both provide the body with energy but fats can provide twice as
much as carbohydrates. Excess fats can be stored in the body but carbohydrates must be changed
into glycogen or fat before they can be stored. The main types of carbohydrates are starch,
sugar and cellulose. Examples of food rich in starch are (e.g.) potatoes and bread. Foods rich in
fats are (e.g.) butter, cheese or fatty meat.
3 Most carbohydrate is taken in as starch.
4 Proteins are made up of about 20 different amino acids. One example of a plant product rich in
protein is beans (or wheat or maize). An animal product rich in protein is meat (or eggs or
cheese or fish). When a protein is digested, it is broken down into its constituent amino acids and
these are later built up in the body to make new cytoplasm (or cells or tissues). Excess proteins
which are not used for making new cells or tissues are converted to glycogen which can be
stored or used to provide energy.
5 Fish, meat and lettuce contain little or no carbohydrate.
6 (a) Carbohydrates contain the elements carbon , hydrogen and oxygen.
(b) Proteins contain these elements but also nitrogen and sulphur.
7 (a) (i) Bones need calcium, (ii) red blood cells need iron, (iii) the thyroid gland needs iodine.
(b) (i) Milk contains calcium, (ii) milk is deficient in iron.
8 Vegetable fibre retains water (keeping the faeces soft and bulky), prevents constipation,
reduces the chance of disease of the large intestine (any one).
9 (a) Vitamin A (retinol) helps maintain resistance to infectious disease.
(b) Liver, cheese, butter, margarine, milk, eggs, green vegetables, carrots (any two) are a good
10 (a) Vitamin D (calciferol) is necessary for the healthy development of the skeleton.
(b) Butter, milk, cheese, egg-yolk, liver, oily fish (any two) are a good source.
11 In addition to sufficient energy, a balanced diet must contain proteins, carbohydrates and fats
in the right proportion, and water, vitamins, mineral salts and fibre.
12 It should be possible to survive without carbohydrate as energy can be obtained from fats and
13 Western diets are often unhealthy because they contain too much sugar and fat, and not
enough fibre.
14 The low temperature of refrigeration slows down bacterial reproduction and enzyme
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Food and diet - answers (continued)
15 Pasteurisation may involve heating milk to 72°C for 15 seconds, or 60°C for 30 minutes.
16 (a) Preservatives such as sodium nitrite (cured meat) or sulphur dioxide (fruit juice) may be
needed to stop bacteria growing in food.
(b) Artificial colouring and flavouring are not necessary, nor are additives which simply
cause the food to retain more water.
17 (a) Heating a food sample with Benedict's solution is a test for sugar. (Strictly, it is a test for a
reducing sugar.)
(b) A test for starch is to add iodine solution to the food.
(c) In the biuret test for protein, sodium hydroxide and copper sulphate solutions are added to
the sample. A mauve colour indicates the presence of protein.